Easy “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” Activity

This crafty fine motor activity for the book If You Give a Mouse A Cookie will be just right for you if your kids love stories, pretend play, and crafts.

Join along with us!

Paper chocolate chip "cookies" on a pretend "cookie sheet" with the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie displayed behind the craft.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff is one of our favorite If You Give… cause and effect stories. (It’s also an excellent book for teaching story sequencing).

The story starts with an attention-getting statement:

“If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.”

What follows is a cute and entertaining chain of events that ends, adorably, right back where it started. If you haven’t read any from this series, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Activity

I had a baking urge the other day, but I resisted. I really didn’t need to dirty any more dishes. We made these simple pretend “cookies” instead.

If  You Give a Mouse a Cookie book next to cookie craft and scissors

I started out painting cardboard to be the shade of a chocolate chip cookie. Then I realized that the color I ended up with is exactly the shade of a manila folder.

Well, that’s certainly easier!

If you don’t have a folder handy, though, you can definitely just cut up a cereal box and paint it with acrylic paint – I used white with a few drops of brown and yellow mixed in.

Materials

  • Thin cardboard (a cereal box is perfect)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Manila folder
  • Glue, glue cup, & paintbrush
  • Brown construction paper

Preparation

1. Cut out wavy circles from the manila folder. These will be your “cookies.”
2. Cut out a pretend cookie sheet from the cardboard. On one of the short sides, leave a little strip on the other side of the fold in the cardboard. That way it will look like there’s a lip to the pan. Cover with foil.
3. Cut a long narrow strip of brown construction paper.
4. Squeeze a little glue into a small container.

collage of 3 photos:
1. child holding a red paintbrush with glue on it
2. foreground paper cookies and background child gluing "chips" onto paper cookie
3. overhead shot of activity

Instructions

1. Snip triangle “chocolate chips” off the strip of brown construction paper.
2. Use a paintbrush to glue the chips to the cookie cutouts.
3. Have fun pretending to bake!

While my girls were busy pretending to bake, I *might* have gotten into my secret candy stash. The cleanup was a lot easier!

Printable Sequencing Activity for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

You might also like the story sequencing hats in my store that go with the story. There are several versions, including one for pre-readers.

Parts of a paper crown for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie with cut and glue pieces representing different parts of the story, plus a crayon and glue stick.

More Fine Motor Skill Crafts

You may also like one of these other crafts that make fine motor skill practice fun…

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If  You Give a Mouse a Cookie book next to cookie craft and scissors

5 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for cohosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids this week for Baking Week. Love how simple and fun this activity is to go with the beloved book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Off to go find some felt…

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